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Aug 28, 2020

In The Moment … August 28, 2020 Show 891 Hour 1

Journey Museum's Digital Efforts

Mar 30, 2020

In The Moment ... March 30, 2020 Show 784 Hour 2

South Dakota museums are among the many gathering places forced to close their doors to the public for the time being; just doing what has to be done to keep everybody safe and healthy. The Journey Museum and Learning Center in Rapid City is no exception but they're working hard to keep the education and entertainment going by bringing learning experiences and stories about history to an online audience. Here to talk with us about that is Troy Kilpatrick, the director of the Journey Museum.

Images of the Past: Dinosaur Park

Jan 21, 2020
South Dakota Tourism

In The Moment ... January 21, 2020 Show 737 Hour 2

Visitors from all over the globe still run the rolling hills of one of South Dakota's oldest visitor attractions, Dinosaur Park. For today's Images of the Past, we look at how those dinosaurs found a home on a ridge of sandstone in western South Dakota. We're joined by Troy Kilpatrick, executive director at the Journey Museum and Learning Center, along with Pat Roseland with the Minnilusa Historical Association.

Arts & Lifestyle: Nov 16 - 22

Nov 22, 2019

United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo says America has a broken heart, and poetry can help heal it. Part of that healing is the acknowledgement of generations of Native American poetic voices. We talk with Harjo ahead of her visit to South Dakota — just one of many arts interviews featured this week on the live broadcast of “In the Moment.” We’ve pulled together some arts highlights for the week. Here’s what you can explore on this week’s “In the Moment: Arts” podcast. 

Images Of The Past: Carvings of St. Lawrence Island

Nov 18, 2019
Journey Museum

In The Moment ... November 18, 2019 Show 701 Hour 2

For today's Images of the Past, we explore a current exhibit at the Journey Museum in Rapid City. Song of the Sea: Carvings of St. Lawrence Island explores the traditional art of ivory and bone carving. 

Conor McMahan is the Chief Curator of the Indian Arts and Crafts Board at the Journey Museum and Learning Center in Rapid City.

Images Of The Past: Fred Farrar

Apr 15, 2019
Minnilusa Historical Association Pioneer Collection at the Journey Museum and Learning Center

In The Moment ... April 15, 2019 Show 556 Hour 2

He was part historian and part artist. Fred Farrar chronicled the Black Hills from the turn of the century through the 1930s as one of the few pioneer photographers. He worked with glass plate negatives out of a mobile darkroom, capturing the transformation of the American West.

In The Moment ... March 28, 2019 Show 545 Hour 2

Elaine Doll-Dunn's passion for living every moment and for sharing the power within has grown a career in education and a mission of empowerment of all ages.

She presents "Life is a Marathon, So Double Tie Your Shoes" Friday at Noon at the Journey Museum and Learning Center in Rapid City.

  Sports and Recreation programming is sponsored by Delta Hotels by Marriott Minneapolis Northeast. Learn more at

Fassbender Photo Collection

In The Moment ... February 14, 2019 Show 516 Hour 2

Photojournalist and digital archivist Richard Carlson previews his upcoming Turtle Soup presentation at the Journey Museum in Rapid City. Carlson will share fascinating stories about the Fassbender Photograph Collection.

Carlson's Turtle Soup presentation begins Friday at 12:00 p.m.

The Journey Museum

In The Moment ... February 13, 2019 Show 515 Hour 1

The Underground Railroad was a network of people who used secret routes and safe houses to help slaves escape the American South and head toward freedom. It's one of history's most compelling stories. But when history captures the imagination, it can also take on elements of myth and legend.

Don Balyeat is guest speaker at the Journey Museum in Rapid City on February 17 at 2 p.m. local time. he joined us for a preview.

U.S. Defense Department

In The Moment ... July 30, 2018 Show 389 Hour 1

Former President of South Dakota School of Mines, and current US Secretary of the Air Force, Heather Wilson returned to the Black Hills for a lecture at the Journey Museum in Rapid City.

The speech was sponsored by the Classics Institute at Dakota University. Secretary Wilson spoke on Computers and War--examining the changes brought to warfare by the technology revolution.

She took us back to July 20, 1969, when Apollo 11 landed on the moon.

In The Moment ... June 25, 2018 Show 365 Hour 1

As we remember the anniversary of The Battle of Greasy Grass, otherwise known as The Battle of the Little Bighorn, historian Donovin Sprague joins In the Moment. He's giving a lecture at The Journey Museum & Learning Center as part of their Learning Forum Series.

Lee Strubinger

In the Moment ... April 19, 2018 Show 319 Hour 1

The Journey Museum and Learning Center presents "Save Our Dark Sky" this Sunday (April 22) at 2 p.m.

Diane Knutson is the creator of the Lights Out Movement in Rapid City. As a National Park Ranger at Wind Cave, Knutson conducted research about how artificial lighting affects nocturnal habitats. This year she was elected as a Director of the International Dark Sky Association.

Journey Museum

In The Moment ... March 19, 2018 Show 299 Hour 2 

For this week's Images of the past we welcome Corey Christianson, Exhibits and Curations Coordinator, Journey Museum and Learning Center, Rapid City.

The museum's upcoming exhibit is called Music and Immigrants of the Dakotahs.

In The Moment ... February 9, 2018 Show 274 Hour 1

The athletes are ready for the big event in Pyeongchang. You can learn more about how South Dakotans have represented their nation at the Olympics this Sunday at the Journey Museum and Learning Center.

Veteran sportswriter Darrell Shoemaker leads the discussion. He joins us for a conversation about South Dakota connections to Team USA.

Tri State Museum

In The Moment ... January 31, 2018 Show 267 Hour 2

The next event in the Spring Turtle Soup Lecture series is "The History of Saloons." You can head over for the noon presentation this Friday, February 2nd at the Journey Museum Learning Center in Rapid City.

Kristi Thielen is the director of the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center in Belle Fourche. She's also a writer and playwright.

Michael Zimny

In The Moment ... January 29, 2018 Show 265 Hour 1

A new series of classes is about to begin for those interested in geology in the Black Hills.

This will include how to use geological maps and tools along with features and fossils unique to the Black Hills. Alvis Lisenbee, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.

In The Moment ... January 22, 2018 Show 260 Hour 2

Seth Bullock and Teddy Roosevelt first met near Belle Fourche, South Dakota. It was a friendship that would stand the test of time, as the entire country was shown during Roosevelt's eventual inauguration as President of the United States.

For this week's Images of the Past, we welcome Mark Slocum, Director of the Minnilusa Historical Association and Pioneer Collection at the Journey Museum & Learning Center.

The Journey Museum

In The Moment ... November 20, 2017 Show 224 Hour 2

Corey Christianson, Journey Museum Curator of Exhibits for a look at the history and significance of Ellsworth. The Journey Museum’s exhibit is open until January.

In The Moment ... October 25, 2017 Show 206 Hour 2

David Wolff is Professor Emeritus from Black Hills State University where he specialized in South Dakota and Black Hills history. He's giving a lecture as part of the Turtle Soup Lecture Series, this Friday, October 27 at noon. It's called “Seth Bullock in Black Hills and Reality.”

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... August 4, 2017 Show 149 Hour 1

The 2017 Folk Off winner for the Sioux River Folk Fest is Lil’ Red and the Medicated Moose Band. They're a married musical couple and they're joining us live from our studios at the University of South Dakota for this week's Moment in Sound. They play at Sioux River Folk Fest in Canton tonight at 6 p.m.

In The Moment ... June 5, 2017 Show 107 Hour 1

The Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies is a nonprofit education and research center located at Wingsprings, near Mission, South Dakota. Craig Howe runs the organization, otherwise knows as CAIRNS. He joins us today to talk about the exhibition "Tapu Sa Win," currently showing at the Journey Museum in Rapid City.

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In The Moment ... May 24, 2017 Show 100 Hour 1

As top programmers compete in Rapid City at the International Collegiate Programming Contest this week, cyber attacks continue to make headlines across the globe. The recent Wanna-Cry malware wreaked havoc in more than 150 countries. U.S. Senator Mike Rounds serves as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on cyber security. He joins us now to talk about cyber acts of war, how to revitalize American policy and strategy and more.

Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment failed by just three states in 1982. As a result, women today are not protected equally in a number of areas, including employment, criminal justice, and healthcare. That's the message of a documentary titled Equal Means Equal, screened at the Journey Museum in Rapid City Wednesday night. Democracy in Action sponsored the film to observe Women's History Month. SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.

Sculptor Of Dignity Talks Engineering

Jan 20, 2017
Chynna Lockett

The sculptor behind the Dignity statue near Chamberlain presented a talk on the engineering details about the project. The 50 foot tall statue of a Native American woman holding a star quilt was unveiled last September.

Dale Lampherea is a South Dakota artist laureate and sculptor the Dignity statue. He clicks through a series of photos projected a large screen in Rapid City’s Journey Museum.

“Here we’re building the foundation and footing and base for it. You can see how much steel is in there. The case ons go down 25 feet, 30 inches in diameter...”

Couple Brings Cuban Culture To South Dakota

Jan 10, 2017
Tass Thacker

Stories of salsa dancing and hot Cuban summers warmed up a frozen Rapid City audience this weekend. The owners of Images of the World presented a slideshow of their latest adventure and educated a crowd on Cuban culture.

Nearly 130 people fill a room in Rapid City’s Journey Museum as Bruce Junek introduces the Cuba Libre slide show. 

Junek and Tass Thacker have traveled the world together since 1979. They create photo and video slide shows on different cultures and present them to schools  and organizations across the country.

SDPB/Charles Michael Ray

Musicians Gordy Pratt and Darla Drew perform holiday music from SDPB's Rapid City studio. They take their show on the road in December with shows in Kearney, Nebraska, and Albert Lea and Mankato in Minnesota. The tour is a collaboration with the Journey Museum in Rapid City, the High Plains Western Heritage Center in Spearfish, and the SD Arts Council.

Photo by Victoria Wicks

Work by contemporary Oglala Lakota artist Wade Patton is featured at an exhibit at Rapid City's Sioux Indian Museum, located in the Journey Museum. The show, called Re-Vision, opened this weekend and continues through Sept. 30.

Patton was raised in South Dakota and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Black Hills State. He then moved to Boston and spent a decade there working as an artist as well as an art framer before returning home.

As we approach the anniversary of the Battle of Greasy Grass/Battle of Little Bighorn scholar Donovin Sprague will discuss the battle from the perspective of a Lakota and Cheyenne family during a Learning Forum at the Journey Museum at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 25th.

He joins Dakota Midday to talk about new scholarship that adds to the cultural understanding of what happened 140 years ago this week.

Sprague is an adjunct instructor in American Indian Studies at Black Hills State University. He is a tribal archivist, historic tour guide, and musician.

Photo by Victoria Wicks

Paintings by Wesley May, a Red Lake Chippewa from Northern Minnesota, are now on exhibit at the Sioux Indian Museum in Rapid City. SDPB’s Victoria Wicks spoke with May at the show’s opening this weekend, one of many events held to observe Native American Day and the Black Hills Powwow. May tells Wicks his art flows from within and celebrates the positive turn his life has taken.
The Sioux Indian Museum is housed in the Journey Museum in Rapid City. Wesley May’s paintings are on exhibit until Dec. 3.

The Journey Museum and Learning Center invites the public to a special Learning Forum that examines the  1868 Fort Laramie Treaty and introduces perspectives of the document as it applies today in 2015.  Dr. Craig Howe, founder of the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies, will lead the conversation, providing insight into what is not known by many about the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty.  Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions during the forum scheduled for Sunday, October 11 at 2:00 p.m.